That Saturday in Paris we found ourselves in need of some lunch. Everywhere was closed due to the events of the night before. However there was one restaurant open where head chef Clément Le Norcy, had been trained by Michelin stars chefs. Where was this? Well it was in our hotel. Just perfect.
Le Lulli is the restaurant housed within the Grand Hotel du Palais Royal. Serving a mix of French and European food, the menu's constantly change with the seasons.
Sticking with what the hotel does best, serving luxury with class and with an attentive, genuinely friendly staff, it makes for the perfect refined, but casual lunch.
We opted for the set autumn menu, as it would be a great way to see what they could do.
I have to say, the bread they provide on the tables here is just gorgeous. I don't know if it is them, or French bread in general, but it's so fresh, and soft on the inside, crunchy with a snap on the outside. Oh and don't get me started on the salted butter!
We started with two starters. Well what can I say, I love French food.
First was Foie Gras. Now I know it comes with controversy, but I do eat it but Dan doesn't.
The foie gras was incredibly rich, probably the richest I've ever had. It was silky and smooth and coated the mouth. It was delicious, although look at the size of that piece. Certainly no dainty portions, which is very well appreciated.
Our next starter was an organic egg with spinach and chorizo. I honestly think this dish was made for me. Poached egg, check. Chorizo, check. Wilted spinach, check. Yes I know, I actually love spinich- such an odd ball.
I think I devoured this is seconds, as the flavours worked perfectly together.
When the main arrived we both gave each other this look of love, not for each other, but for the lamb sitting in front of us. Marinated in Thyme and lemon with a spicy yogurt sauce, it was just what we both wanted.
I had mine medium rare, and it was so tender and sliced clean through.
Now, unlike me Dan is not a foodie at all. He can go for a whole day and "forget" to eat. However, and it took me by complete surprise, he uttered "The was amazing". Sorry? What now? See for Dan, that is one of the highest praises he can give. We've been to some of the best restaurants in London and he'll say Good or Fine. So when Dan says Amazing, you know it was truly was.
Pretty ready to burst, we just managed to squeeze in some chocolate. Ok who am I kidding, there is always room for dessert. Only described as Melty and Crunchy from Tanzania, it was interesting to discover what it was. Cutting through though and there was a brownie wedge inside. Now I liked that surprise.
In a sort of food induced sleep, we decided moving was too much, but luckily the bar was just a few feet away, and so we thought a couple of drinks would help pass the time whilst we let our stomachs recover.
Espresso Martini's are becoming my go to drink. It's like a win win. Coffee and alcohol. Perfect. I have to say, Le Lulli's espresso martini is delightful. A must order.
After a couple, we really needed to lie down and rest after that feast.
But whether your a guest or not, I'd really recommend heading down to Le Lulli for some lunch or dinner. You won't regret it.